We're here today to announce charges in the largest college admission scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. We've charged 50 people nationwide, with participating in conspiracy that involved first cheating on college entrance exams, being the SAT and the ACT. And second, securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches at those schools to accept certain students under false pretenses. In return for bribes, these coaches agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes. When in fact, the applicants were not, as the coaches knew. The student's athletic credentials had been fabricated. Overall today we have charged three people who organized these scams, two SAT or ACT exam administrators, one exam proctor, one college administrator Nine coaches at elite schools and 33 parents who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children's admission to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials. A central defendant and scheme William Singer, Will plead guilty today to charges of racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice. Singer allegedly ran a college counseling service and something called the Key World Wide Foundation, between roughly 2011 and 2018. Wealthy parents paid Singer about $25 million in total.
March's Scam of the Month is officially the College Admissions Scandal of 2k19 — and it seems like everyone has an opinion about it.
Social media lit up on Tuesday after news broke that 50 people were arrested in connection to the nationwide scam wherein wealthy parents — including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — paid bribes disguised as charitable donations in order to get their children into top tier universities.
Celebrities, of course, didn't hold their tongues just because two of their own were getting roasted online. Some, like David Mamet, empathized with Huffman and Loughlin, while others condemned their actions in blunt form (see: Olivia Munn). Though Sarah Michelle Gellar did not explicitly address the headline news or call out those indicted in Operation Varsity Blues, her latest Instagram post has some fans drawing their own conclusions.
On Thursday, Gellar posted a quote card reading, "It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." She captioned the post, "Enough said."
It's clear by the comments that fans interpreted the cryptic words as a direct response to the scandal. "Felicity and Lori didn't teach [their kids] to do anything for themselves," wrote one commenter. "Don't be like Felicity and Lori."
Another added, "Yes. Don’t be an aunt Becky" — a reference to Loughlin's most well-known role as the wholesome Rebecca Katsopolis on the '90s sitcom Full House.
A few more names in the comment section might sound familiar: Kelly Ripa, Reese Witherspoon and Busy Philipps. They, too, kept specifics to a minimum, but praised the sentiment regardless. Comments by Celebs captured their affirmations:
Given the "enough said" caption, it's not likely that Gellar will elaborate on her position. Either way, the sage advice stands on its own as something all parents can take note of. Some maybe more than others.